Sand paintings of Uncle Ho to be displayed in Hanoi

Fifty-two sand paintings, by artist Y Lan, about President Ho Chi Minh and great talented General Vo Nguyen Giap will be on a display in Hanoi August 22.

Artist Y Lan will present her sand paintings of Uncle Ho (L) and General Vo Nguyen Giap (R) in Hanoi on August 22.

The exhibition, held at 8 Hung Vuong Street, Ba Dinh District, aims to celebrate the anniversaries of 40 years of implementing President Ho Chi Minh's testament, National Day (September 2) and 65 years of Vietnam People’s Army.

It is also an opportunity for the artist to send her best wishes to General Vo Nguyen Giap on his 98th birthday (August 25).

The artist took many trips around Northern provinces to collect photos and documents about Uncle Ho and the general.

More than 50 sand paintings portray the two national heroes and feature such images as President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum; the Ho Chi Minh Museum; Duc Thanh School in Phan Thiet, where Uncle Ho worked as a teacher in 1910, now a historical monument; talks between Uncle Ho and General Vo Nguyen Giap, and the late Prime Minister Pham Van Dong and his visits to soldiers.

Starting in February, the collection of sand paintings was first shown at Rex Hotel and later the Museum of Southeastern Armed Forces in Ho Chi Minh City in May.

“It is the first time that I have displayed my works in Hanoi to celebrate national anniversaries and introduce the capitol’s people to beautiful pictures of President Ho Chi Minh and top-ranked General Vo Nguyen Giap, who made great contributions to the country” said the artist.

After the exhibition, artist Y Lan will present all the works of President Ho Chi Minh to the President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Protection High Command.

Some paintings of General Vo Nguyen Giap will be presented to his family.

Sand artist Y Lan, who has been described as “The beautiful lady infusing a soul into sand” and “The lady playing with sand,” is well known for creating various kinds of sand paintings such as: landscapes, calligraphy, logos, architecture, art forms, religious themes and portraits.

She also made a record of finding the most number of different colors of sand in Vietnam, with 81 various sand colors.

The exhibition lasts until mid-September.

By Thuy Binh – Translated by Kim Khanh

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